Crime & Courts

Algonquin man charged after firing weapon in home, fleeing, police say

Lake County Sheriff's K-9 unit called to assist

A 51-year-old Algonquin man was arrested Saturday after police said he fired a handgun inside his home during a domestic dispute.

The incident started about 11 p.m. Friday when police said Lestek Zujko discharged a handgun inside of his home while several of his family members were present, according to a news release from Algonquin police and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. No one was injured, police said.

About 4 a.m. Saturday, Algonquin police requested assistance from the Lake County Sheriff’s K-9 team to help find Zujko, who had fled his home in the 1000 block of Applewood Lane, police said.

Initially, it was believed the armed man was barricaded inside the home, but after a thorough search by Algonquin police and members of the McHenry County SWAT Team, it was determined the man had fled before the initial response by Algonquin police.

Deputy John Forlenza and K-9 Dax arrived on the scene about 5 a.m. and began their search.

The dog tracked Zujko from his home to a residential area southeast of his home. After 15 minutes, Dax detected the strong scent of the man, and he was observed running east, about 200 feet ahead of Forlenza and Dax. Forlenza warned the man to stop or Dax would be released, as Dax aggressively barked, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

Zujko then surrendered and was taken into custody, where it was determined he was armed with a firearm and additional ammunition. Zujko was charged by Algonquin police with reckless discharge of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon, assault and domestic battery. He remained in the McHenry County Jail Sunday.

“This is yet another extraordinary track and apprehension by Deputy Forlenza and his partner, K9 Dax,” said Lake County Sheriff John Idleburg in a statement. “Our canine teams train very hard to keep our community safe and are often called in situations where violent offenders have fled, after inflicting harm on others. We are very lucky to have four extremely dedicated and proven canine teams at the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.”

Earlier this month, Forlenza and Dax were awarded a “Valor Award” from the 100 Club of Chicago.

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